National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Apr 26, 2017

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 29, 2017. Rep. Levin has long highlighted the importance of turning in old or unwanted prescription drugs to be safely disposed of. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is the second-most common type of drug abuse in the U.S. according to the DEA. To help promote safe disposal, you can drop off your unused prescription drugs at drop off boxes in your neighborhoods. To look up locations in your neighborhood click here or call 1-800-882-9539.

Remembering the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide
This year, the Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide were marked on April 24th.  With the rise of anti-Semitic events in the United States and around the world, Rep. Levin issued a call to use this Remembrance Day to honor the words “Never Again” by recommitting ourselves to open and democratic societies opposed to hatred and prejudice of all types.  He also re-iterated his strongly held and long-standing position that the U.S. must formally recognize the Armenian genocide. The Ottoman Empire systematically brutalized and killed over one million Armenian men, women, and children of all ages, with countless more displaced from their homeland. Yet the United States still refuses to acknowledge these atrocities for what they truly were: the first genocide of the 20th century.  There was an interesting article this week about the discovery of lost evidence and you may read it here.

Rep. Levin Opposed to Trump Executive Order that Could Turn Back the Clock on Efforts to Stop Corporate Tax Inversions
Corporate inversions hurt our tax base and damage our economy. Signaling that restrictions on such inversions might be eliminated or watered down is not putting America first – it’s telling companies it is acceptable for them to renounce their citizenship by moving their addresses overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes, while still reaping the benefits of effectively being based in the U.S.
Current Treasury regulations on deterring corporate inversions are designed to make it harder for large multinational companies to avoid paying U.S. taxes and to reduce the incentives for U.S. companies to shift income and operations abroad. These regulations, which took into account extensive comments from the public, as well as meetings with Republicans and Democrats in Congress, attempt to prevent corporations from leveraging a U.S. company with debt and “stripping” the U.S. tax base through deductible interest payments.  Mr. Levin is the author of legislation that would place prohibitions on these type of corporate inversions into the law instead of relying on regulations.  The Obama Administration acted administratively when the Republican majority failed to act.

President Trump’s Broken Promises on Immigration
Rep. Levin authored a column in the Detroit Free Press that detailed how President Trump has already broken his campaign promises on immigration. The piece discusses how instead of focusing deportation efforts on individuals who have committed crimes, as the President repeatedly promised throughout the campaign, he is focusing on all undocumented immigrants. That widened focus ensnared a Detroit man, Mario Hernandez-Delacruz, who was an upstanding member of his community and happened to be an undocumented immigrant. You can read the full column here.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week:
This week the House will consider the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695), which would change the way the head of the U.S. Copyright Office is chosen and appointed, and the Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act (H.R. 1694), a bill that would make Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac subject to Freedom of Information Act requests while they are under conservatorship by the federal government.  In addition, the House is expected to consider a measure providing short-term funding for government operations while a larger Fiscal Year 2017 package is negotiated.